The Local Area

Thornton-le-Dale offers a good range of amenities with eating establishments and independent shops for stocking up on provisions (including a butchers, pharmacy, bakery and post office) all within a short walk from the cottage. For a wider selection of amenities, the market town of Pickering is only three miles away and from here you can take a trip on the North York Moors Steam Railway all the way to Whitby - a leisurely way to explore the area whilst sitting back and enjoying the spectacular ‘Heartbeat' scenery.

Dalby Forest is on the doorstep providing excellent opportunities for those who enjoy outdoor activities. The forest offers endless tracks and trails for walkers and cyclists and for those seeking adrenaline, ‘Go Ape' with its high-wire tree top adventures provides an exciting day out. Other attractions in the area include: The spectacular historic house of Castle Howard; Wolds Way Lavender with its nature walks and lavender fields; Scampston Hall for garden lovers; Snainton Riding Centre sitting in the heart of some of Yorkshire's finest scenery; and the spectacular heritage coastline with the popular seaside resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and beautiful Robin Hood's Bay.

If you would like to get out and about walking in the local area you can find information and guides for Thornton le Dale Village Walks here.


Sue Slack, Landscape Artist

Sue’s colourful paintings of local landscape are on show in Lumley Cottage and both The Horseshoe and The Fox and Rabbit Inn. Sue is a keen walker and fell runner and sees these activities as the fundamental connection to the land that inspires her art. Through her on-site drawings, she observes the way even familiar landscapes change according to points along a journey.

Click here to find out more about Sue Slack, Artist

Places to visit
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A 30 minute drive over the beautiful North York Moors to this famous seaside town. Narrow cobbled streets in the old town lead to the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey with superb views of the coastline and the home of Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's famous novel. Take a drive back through Goathland, the setting of fictional village 'Aidensfield' from the popular ITV series Heartbeat.


It is approximately a 20 minute drive to the traditional seaside town of Scarborough. with the busy South Bay, Harbour, new Marina and Spa. Visit the Stephen Joseph Theatre which regularly hosts Sir Alan Ayekbourne plays. The quieter North Bay and Sealife Centre is just five minutes around the Marina drive.

Castle Howard

A 25 minute drive to the magnificent stately house and gardens of Castle Howard. Take time to explore the gardens then treat yourself to a cream tea at the courtyard cafe and watch the beautiful Peacocks.


The historic walled city of York is just a 30 minute drive away. York has so much to offer you may find enough days out to last the whole holiday and more! There's the Yorvick Centre, Castle Museum and Gardens, Clifford's Tower, The York Dungeon and a number of ghost walks which usually begin around 6.30pm.

The National Railway Museum

comes highly recommended and it is free entry! North York Moors Railway A short 5 minute drive to the market town of pickering leads you straight to the famous steam railway recreated and run by volunteers. Trains run regularly from Pickering to Grosmont winding it's way through the beautiful valleys stopping at Newton Dale Halt, Levisham and Goathand. The train goes as far as Whitby in the summer season and is well worth the trip out. Take a journey back in time as you meander through the moors andstop off at Grosmont and Goathland "Heatbeat Country"

Flamingo Land

Only 10 minutes drive to "wild animals and even wilder rides". Flamingo land is a family friendly day out and the sea lion show is great fun for everyone.

Go Ape

For the adrenaline junkies, Go Ape is a 5 minute drive into the beautiful Dalby Forest. There are plenty of mountain bike trails, great walks, a children's adventure area and the fantastic visitor centre.

Eden Camp

Located on the outskirts of the market town of Malton housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. See the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

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The Fox & Rabbit, Lockton

One of our two traditional country Inns only a five minutes drive from Lumley Cottage. Set on the edge of the North York Moors on the route to Whitby we use only the best local produce and our varied and seasonal menu provides lunches and dinners to suit all tastes. A warm welcome awaits!

The Horseshoe Inn, Levisham

One of our two traditional country Inns only ten minutes drive from Lumley Cottage. Set in the beautiful and tranquil village of Levisham we use only the best local produce and our varied and seasonal menu provides lunches and dinners to suit all tastes. A warm welcome awaits!

OTHER Places to Eat & Drink
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New Inn, Thornton le Dale

Only a few minutes walk from Lumley Cottage. Great pub food and real ales.

Brandy Snap Bistro, Thornton le Dale

Only a few minutes walk from Lumley Cottage. Fantastic fresh food and great for a special treat. Do book!

The Anvil, Sawdon

Great village pub and restaurant serving fresh local produce. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wheatsheaf Inn, Egton

30 minute drive over the North York Moors to this lovely village pub with cosy bar and restaurant.

Cedar Barn, Pickering

A five minute drive from Lumley Cottage to this farm shop and cafe serving local and own grown produce.

Fox & Hounds, Sinnington

20 Minute drive from Lumley Cottage through Pickering, this village pub and restaurant is set in the quant village of Sinnington.

The Star Inn, Harome

Situated in a picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, a couple of miles outside the market town of Helmsley, this much loved, Michelin-starred Inn has origins believed to date back to the 14th Century.

The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

The Pheasant has arguably one of the most beautiful Country Hotel settings in North Yorkshire overlooking the duckpond in the picturesque village of Harome.